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correspondent, that's it for me. i'll toss things up to wolf blitzer "the situation room" starts now. brooke, thanks very much. happening now, mitt romney is winning on points, but he can't seem to land a knockout blow, how the front-runner hopes to grind out a final victory and house his rivals hope to stop him. as a top senator calls to stop the slaughter in syria, the pentagon now spelling out of the some of the america's military options. and iran may le trying to clean up evidence of nuclear activities before inspectors can get there. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." mitt romney certainly had big wins on super tuesday. the gop frond runter won six
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states and padded his lead in delegates, but ohio was very, very close. rick santorum captured three states, while newt gingrich also had a win. romney has not put his rivals out of business, as republicans grow concerned about a drawnout race, the candidates are calling on one another to quit. here's jim acosta. >> reporter: wolf, with team santorum telling newt gingrich to drop out and team romney telling everybody to drop out, it's starting to feel lie deja vu all over again. falling short of expectations on super tuesday and facing what could now be a mad scramble for delegates to win the nomination, mitt romney is urging the gop to stay calm. >> you know, when we have a nominee, we will come together, because -- because barack obama has organized a conservative community. let's put it that way. >> holding a command been lead,
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they're making the case the math is on their side. in this campaign memo, romney's political director argues the calendar ahead offers them dwindling opportunities to close the gap, and the only person's odds of winning of winning are president obama's. >> he continues to grind out a tactical kind of victory, you know, tactical victories in kind of a death march here. >> in a conference call with reporters, president obama's reelection team sounded openly giddy with a long delegate war after winning three states and finishes a close sect, rick santorum's campaign has earned a one on one battle with romney. which explains argued in this statement that ice time to exit the nominating process.
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>> as i believe it's going to be possible for a moderate to win a general election. >> reporter: with romney playing the role of nominal front-runner. >> if the strategy ultimately becomes we can't witness the delegate count, we can't win the nomination on the legit, so we will apply the kitchen sink strategy and tear down senator obama and see if we can destroy him in order to advance our own candidacy, that is damaging. >> reporter: the thought of romney as obama was too much for team san tore to resist. >> it's another issue where mitt romney lines up perfectly with obama. first it was the issues now it's
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campaign strategy. got to love it. >> reporter: the romney campaign joked it would take another act of god for another candidate to -- but the road ahead, heading straight for the bible belt. wolf? >> jim acosta, thank you. what have we learned from the super tuesday results? let's discuss with gloria borger. he won the most states, got the most delegates, but still has certain problems with certain segments of the republican base. >> when you talk to folks on the romney campaign last night, they were feeling great about their win in ohio, even though at the jeffs bi1%, but the win also continued to raise a lot of nagging questions about mitt romney's appeal. let's take -- take a look at the income, 50,000 to 100,000, blue collar republican voters. look at the margin, 11 points
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between rick santorum and mitt romney. that's a problem for mitt romney. also, let's take a look at very conservative voters in the state of ohio. here you have an even larger 18-point margin. is the problem with mitt romney is that the republican party has changed. it's not even the party he ran on in 2008. it's a more pop you list party, a more insurgent population. and the establishment republican candidates is not the person they were really looking for this time around. >> romney was on cnbc earlier this morning. listen to this little clip. i want to discuss it with you. >> i'm prepared to fight all the way to become the nominee, and, you know, i was pleased with our success last night. obviously we have a very strong lead in delegates, a very strong lead in terms of the number of people who actually voted for our campaign. >> he's right on both of those fronts, but right now it's all about delegates.
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it is a bit like the barack obama/hillary clinton race in 2008, because whoever wins will probably crawl across the finish line. take a look at our current delegate numbers we at cnn compile. rom notice is about a third of the way there. the campaign makes the case there's not going to be another super tuesday, because delegates are awarded proportionally. but the other half of that is that there's no incentive for rick santorum or newt gingrich to get out of the race right no, so long as they have that super pac funding. they don't have to raise the money in their campaigns. they can continue running advertising in these states, continue to give romney heartburn, rack up some delegates and just continue to make life very difficult for him. in the enthey may help barack obama, what an irony, because
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these people will be arguing with each other for the next few months. >> are you one of those that believe it's in romney's best interest to have both santorum and gingrich in the race instead of one dropping out? >> yes. whoever thought mitt romney would need newt gingrich, because it divides up that conservative base. >> exactly. you have the conservativeses, tea partiers, as long as mitt romney can keep those people divided, he can continue and divide and conquer. if one of those people drops out, particularly if newt gingrich were to leave the race, rick santorum may be able to make the case, i am an alternative, i can get elected, i can get elected in the midwest, so that could really cause mitt romney some problems. as long as both are in, he's happy. >> thank you very much, gloria for that. meanwhile, president obama made what amounted to a campaign trip of his own today, in north carolina he toured a truck plant and talked about hot button issue in this election year, the
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high price of gasoline and what to do about it. let's go live to our correspondent dan lothian in charlotte. why did the white house choose to talk about fuel efficiency standards today? >>. >> reporter: well, one big reason is the current energy climate. you have high gas prices, there's the volatile out market, so the president is really pushes green energy, came to this daimler plant to showcase a line of trucks that they have here that run on natural gas. at the same time the president was blaming the high gas prices on a cycle that happens just about every year on problems in iran, on some speculation on wall street as well, and while this was billed as an official event, the president did take a shot at his critics who were promising, a el as he called it, quick fixes. >> they get out on the campaign trail, and you and i both know there are no quick fixes to this
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problem, but listens to them, you would think there were the next time you hear some politician trotting out some three-point plan for natural gas, you let them know we know better. tell them we're tired of hearing phony election-year promising. >> reporter: the president also rolled out a new proposal, a program of $1 billion program for cities that makes a commitment to purchase these energy-efficient vehicles, the money that would come from the government would help them set up infrastructures for electric vehicles, at the same time the president trying to find a way to entice consumers back into the market to buy these alternative fuel vehicles, pushing to expand the tax credit currently given for electric vehicles, which is $7500, he wants to see that up to $10,000
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as a rebate you would get right at the truck lock. much of this would need congressional approval. a lot of republicans are already say the president's energy policy has not lived up to the speeches. >> dan, it's not accident, no coincidence he's visiting north carolina. tell our viewers why politically it's so important for the president to show up in north carolina, especially after super tuesday. >> reporter: that's right. we've seen the vice president, the first lady campaigning here in the state of north carolina. it's a key battleground state, the president narrowly won here in 2008. it's no accident that the democratic convention will be held here in september, but there's a big problem for the president, because unemployment here in the state of north carolina well above the national average at 10.4%. that's why you see the president making that connection between investment and green energy and job crazy.
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>> dan lothian traveling with the president in north carolina, thank you. jack cafferty is watching president obama as well. it all has him wondering about a second term. jack wants to know what you're thinking. he's standing by with "the cafferty file." also fellow democrats and former friends in battle, now -- and is iran cleaning up evident of the nuclear activities? new information just coming in. satellite imaging raising disturbing questions, stand by that as well. we had to create it. introducing the 2013 lexus gs, with leading-edge safety technology, like available blind spot monitor... [ tires screech ] ...night view... and heads-up display. [ engine revving ] the all-new 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back.
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[ male announcer ] when diarrhea hits, kaopectate stops it fast. powerful liquid relief speeds to the source. fast. [ male announcer ] stop the uh-oh fast with kaopectate. jack cafferty is here with "the cafferty file." >> it seems increasingly likely now that president obama's on his way to winning a second term. the biggest factor working in the president's favor -- the republicans. in an nbc/"wall street journal" poll taken before super tuesday, only 1 in 10 adults said that
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the republican primary has given them a more favorable impress of the republican party. when asked to describe the gop nominating process, people used words like unenthusiastic, less are of two evils, painful, uninspiring, depressed. this might be part of the reason why president obama's approval rating has been rising, hitting 50% in our latest poll. the president also tops mitt romney in hypothetical matchups. the remarkably accurate online predictor in trades puts his chances of reelection at 60%. the economy is slowly starting to improve. that is huge. despite yesterday's sell-off, the stock market has been headed up. experts say stock prices are rising on growing expectation is the president will win reelection. a lot of republicans already see the writing on the wall, apparently. big republican donors and strategists are turning their attention to congressional
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races. they apparently think they have a better chance of winning house and senate races than unseating the incumbent democratic president. it's looking more and more like they might be right. of course we have a ways to go. anyway here is the question -- is a second term becoming inevitable. go to cnn.com/caffertyfile, post a comment on my blog. go to our point on "the situation room's" facebook page. wolf? >> jack, thank you. the ohio primary not only gave mitt romney a narrow win over rick santorum. it also marked the sudden end of one well-known, and it set the stage for an unlikely contest in november. dana bash is joining us with details. tell our viewers what else happened in ohio yesterday. >> well, this was the first congressional race of this election cycle, wolf, where two incumbents were forced to face off. because of the 2010 census, congressional lines are being redrawn, and in some cases
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districts are completely being eliminated. and this, of course, was high profile, because dennis kucinich him selfis a proud, loud liberal. he ran for president twice. he's been seen around these hallways with people like sean penn. he is very, very outspoken about his views, but at the end of this year, that will come to an end. one of congress's leading liberal voices defeated by a fellow democrat. >> many of you in this room have known me for years, and you know that i've lost campaigns before. so. there's always a tomorrow. you know? you know, don't cry any tears for me. >> reporter: thanks to redistricting lines redrawn by ohio republicans, democratic congressman dennis kucinich was pitted against marcy kaptor, the dean of the ohio delegation.
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>> i was the individual in the delegation that had the portrait painted of he and his wife that hangs in his office when they were married. >> the friendship devolved into a nasty campaign fight fast. still biller on election night. >> i would like to be able to congratulate congresswoman kaptor, but she ran a campaign in the cleveland media market that was utterly lacking in integrity with false statements, half-truths, misrepresentations. >> reporter: when it became clear he could lose his seat, he went to washington state to explore running there. for that kaptor attacked him in the harshest of terms, comparing him to once favored son basketball player lebron james who bolted from miami. >> i'm going to join -- >> looks like next in line to abandon us is dennis kucinich.
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>> he played on what he is known nationally, staunch opposition to war. >> our responsibilities for the costs of the war, our responsibility for the civilian casualties. >> but kaptor ran campaigns you don't see much in the tea party world, as an old-fashioned politici politician. >> we got a lift bridge, and it became the bridge to everywhere. >> reporter: these days saying you serve on a committee saying you're in washington doing hard work tends to be a negative, because people are so mad at washington. why did it turn into a positive? >> i think because we can show something for it. >> reporter: she faces another national figure of sorts. joe the plumber. >> i won't run a character assassination-type campaign. >> did you ever think you would be running against somebody named joe the plumber? >> no, he's not a plumber and his name is not joe.
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>> reporter: she's right. he became famous during the 2008 campaign when he was just a voter who talked to barack obama about his taxes. john mccain seized on that as a symbol for what he thought would happen to americans' taxes. this is certainly a fascinate ago campaign to look at, but wolf, just the first of many we are likely to see over the next cupping months because of redistricting all over the country. >> dana bash, thanks very much. lots more political stuff coming up, also other news we're following, including a massive solar flare. details of how it could impact earth and all of us tomorrow. new developments in the biggest mystery. what scientists have learned about the so-called god's particle. plus the moon's possible role in the sinks of the "titanic." a surprising new discovery.
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lisa sylvester is monitoring other top stories in "the situation room" right now, including some incredible new video of the sun. lisa, what do you have? >> yeah, this is pretty impressive, world. watch as a massive solar flare erupts and ripples on the sun. easily the biggest one of the year and second biggest since 2007. the huge flare ejected solar plasma and particles expected to reach the earth tomorrow, and for about 24 hours could interveal with satellites, gps systems and power grids. nicolas sarkozy is endorsen president obama, albeit subtly. he says he won take on middle east peace before he's reelected, but added he hopes he will be. in 2008 he implied he wanted
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then senator obama to win as well. scientists are closer to explaining the so-called god particle, the biggest mystery in physics a particle that would explain where matter comes from and how the university works. u.s. physicists report data that might prove the particle exists. the search continues. and could the moon have helped sink the "titanic"? researchers in texas think it's possible, before the wreck, the moon was closest to the earth in 14 years which may have caused a tide so high that more icebergs than usual were floating in the north atlantic. the captain ignored warnings. the 1912 sinks claimed 1,500 lives. >> that's amazing information. thanks very much for that, lisa. signs that iraq may be trying to eliminate possible evidence of its nuclear activities in a key nuclear site. new information coming in right now. is mitt romney actually more
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all that coming up. let's get to our strategy session. joining us our cnn political contributors donna brazile and national radio talk show host bill bennett. guys, thanks very much. bill, let me start with you. you had a chance to speak with newt gingrich earlier today. let me play a little clip. as you know, a lot of republican think it's over for him. he had this to say. >> the question immediately after nevada he was running fourth for a month, and people, including me, people were saying he should drop out. he ignored all those. he's now had a terrific month. now we have to wait and see how the race goes on. >> bill, he came in, he won in his home state of georgia, but came in third or fourth in the other nine states that took place yesterday. does he have a realistic chance of getting the republican nomination? >> i don'tening he does, and i
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do think he's looking seriously at it. i know every word he's said has suggested he'll keep going. i still have my doubts. if he doesn't do well in alabama, mississippi, the kansas caucus, he may step down and i think it would be in the interests of the party and in his interests, too. >> who would get those voters, bill, if you assume he will not necessarily win in alabama and mississippi next tuesday. >> if you interpret it as very conservative voters, the santorum campaign would say we'll get almost all of them. if you say people like newt rather than santorum, because santorum is more of an establishment figure, newt is the guy who turns over the tables and wrecks the furniture, you might think it might go elsewhere. but i think it's a good guess to believe a lot of newt's support would go to santorum. having interesting look at the michigan results s. and ohio results without newt. would santorum have been stronger? that's the mischief.
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>> donna, as you know, you're a great political strategy, a lot of the romney folks want gingrich and santorum in the race, because they sort of divide of that vote. if newt gingrich were to drop out, how much bad news would that about potentially? >> first of all, it could consolidate the support. it would give him not only much needed momentum to win some of those close contests. i don't know physical fix some of the organizational problems we have seen when he's unable to fill his delegate slate. of course, the former speaker has also had that problem, but it would coalesce the conservative vote. eric erickson, who's sort of educated me on the conservative vote across the country, believes it would give rick santorum an edge in some of these upcoming original primaries, and even some caucuses out west. >> take a look at they numbers, bill. so far, since iowa, all of the
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super tuesday contests, more than 8 million people have voted in his republican contests, and take a look. yet romney got 38%, 27% for santorum, 23% for gingrich, 11% for paul. if you add up all the numbers, 8,250,860 people so far, the numbers are very similar. 11% for ron paul. how significant is the fact that romney is getting a significant pleuralality. >> how significant is it depends on what? in terms of winning the nomination? still looks good for romney. if it's significance in terms of, you know, lapping the pack, he's not doing that. he's not pulling away. there's still some reluctance among a lot of people, but he
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looks on target to win. this is why something like a gingrich withdrawal would really throw this whole thing into a fight. we would have to see about that. >> he's wade ahead in the delegate vote, which is more important than the popular vote right now. right now as of this minute we estimate romney has 429 delegates, santorum 169, gingrich 111, and ron paul only 67 delegates. ron paul still has not won one state yet. those numbers are pretty impressive. if you're looking to the magic number of 1,144 delegates needed to capture the republican nomination, it looks like romney is in much better shape than the others. >> he really is. that's why it's important over the next couple weeks, as you look at these upcoming primaries and caucuses, that the santorum campaign, gingrich campaign retool themselves to ensure they can capture some of those
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delegates in the upcoming states, but mitt romney is the front-runner. he understands he can rack up more delegates, but without coalescing and bringing the party together. i think the strategy going forward is to try to keep both gingrich and santorum, you know, with less than 20% of the delegates left over, and he could still get 1144, the magic number by sometime mid to late april. bill, give me your take on the whole rush limbaugh uproar. >> what he said was terrible, and got us offtopic. i hope we can get back to it. to his credit, he apologized twice, which is more than bill maher and others on the left. they say worst things and they're treated to nice sessions on cnn and other things. we need to have a single standard on this. >> should he have called that
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georgetown university law student and formally personally apologized to her instead of doing it on his radio show? >> i think -- you mean rush or the president? >> no, rush. >> i don't know. i mean, i think it was fine, it was done at a distance. the apology is at a distance. the question is will the president give back a million to bill maher. how does he. >> i don't think so. >> he did use vile language as you know, donna. >> first of all, wolf, i am not as a woman going to sit here and say two wrongs make a right. you know, it's unacceptable as a woman to have the kind of misogyny and sexist language, it doesn't matter where it comes from. it's wrong. we heard hillary clinton was called some of the worst things. >> right, same -- >> and rush limbaugh, rush limbaugh has a history.
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bill, we're not trying to figure out who has the greatest list of -- >> no, donna, i'm just looking for consistency. rush apologized twice, and i think that was the right thing to do. we'd like to see the same thing. it wasn't more on -- it was chris matthews on hillary. >> it was 46 times he called her personal attacks. but i agree with you, this has been a distraction, he's apologized now publicly to ms. fluke. let's see if we have better decency and standards when it comes to women. >> i'm for that. one standard, civility across the board. >> all across the board. >> thank you both. a high school valedictorian facing deportation. >> i've lived here since i was 4 years old and i consider myself american, and just want to live the american dream. >> there are new developments to the case attracting national
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a traumatic encounter on capitol hill as a top senator called for u.s. action to stop the slaughter in syria. the pentagon brass revealed just what steps it might be taking, at least possibly. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has details of various contingency options. what are you learning, barbara? >> wolf, it all starts with the syrian opposition, doesn't it? what we learned today is the u.s. believes the opposition is growing deeper and wider across the country. now the question is what to do about it all? at syria continues to unravel, the president says he wants to exhaust diplomatic efforts, but for the first time, signs that president obama has started discussing options with his military.
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>> the president of the united states, through the military staff, has asked us to begin an estimate of the situation. >> reporter: on wednesday, the nation's top officer told a senate committee those options include humanitarian release, a no-fly zone, intervention at sea and air strikes. >> i want to be clear, we can do anything, so the question is not can we do it, should we do it? >> senator john mccain continued to insist the u.s. should. >> can you tell us how much longer the tilling would have to continue, how much more civilian lives have to be lost? 10,000 more? 20,000 more? >> before i recommend that we put our sons and daughters in uniform in harm's way, i've got to may very sure we know what the mission is. i've got to make very sure if we know we can achieve that
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mission. >> reporter: panetta says u.s. ground troops are not being considered. air strikes could take hundreds of aircraft and weeks of bombing to destroy syria's air defenses. >> they have approximately five times more air -- sophisticated air defense systems than existed in libya, cover one fifth of the terrain. >> reporter: panetta said it wouldn't make sense to act unilaterally, but set off a firestorm when he said the u.s. would want international coalition. >> our goal would be to seek international permission, and we would come to the congress and inform you. >> i'm almost breathless about that, because what i heard you say is we're going to seek international approval, and then we'll come and tell the congress what we might do. and we might seek congressional approval. >> reporter: now, we just finished talking to senator
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sessions privately a few minutes ago. he remains very concerned, wolf. his feeling is that time may be running out in syria, but not for assad. he thinks time may be running out for the u.s. and the allies to intervene, that assad actually in recent days and weeks has been gaining momentum on the ground in syria, and that the administration could be desperately wrong, it may not be inevitable that assad cease regime will fall. so this is all shaping up to be quite a dire situation for many different reasons, wolf. >> yes action it seems to be going from bat to worse in syria. meanwhile,ed head of the united nations said today iran is not telling everything about its nuclear program. as cnn was first to show you, there are signs iran may be trying to, quote, clean up evidence of nuclear activities at a critical site before international inspectors can get there. let's go live to our senior
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international correspondent matthew chance in vienna, austria. you have new information about this reported cleanup, what are you learning? >> yeah, the latest information on that, wolf, is that, you know, the u.n. inspectors that tried to get into that site, called parchen, close to the iranian capital, a military facility where it's suspected that weapons reserve on the they were denied access repeatedly in january and february. what's been reported since this and confirmed by other western diplomats is that they're monitoring that site through satellite images. on those images, iranian vehicles can be seen in the site, earth moving equipment, things like that, and the interpretation being given to us by diplomats here at the iaea is
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that the site is being cleared up before inspectors are allowed in to take a look around. so that's what the implication is, according to the diplomats who have seen these satellite images that are iran is cleaning it up before it allows inspectors to see what's been going on there. >> important developments. matthew, anything significant that's expected to happen at the meeting, and you're in vienna, where iaea is head quartered, that could potential slow down the program? >> reporter: potentially there's a big day tomorrow. it's supposed to be the last day of these meetings tomorrow here at the nuclear headquarters in vienna. i learned from a western diplomat this evening that the five permanent members of the security council, so including the united states, china, france, britain, have agreed along with germany a joint statement -- russia as well, of
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course -- a joint statement to basically underline their serious concerns about iran's ongoing nuclear program and call on the iaea to report again on what progress, if any, is made when they go there next time. it doesn't sound like much, but it shows as negotiations get under way against with the iranians and the p-5 plus one as they're being called, the security council members are presenting a united front. remember, russia and china have often provided diplomatic cover for iran and its nuclear activities. on this occasion, it seems they're on the same page as the western countries when it comes to iran kind of coming into compliance over the nuclear program, wolf. >> we'll stay in close chance, matthew. thanks very much. as the full extent of the slaughter becomes known, i'll speak with the former top middle east envoy, the adviser on the middle east to president obama. dennis ross will update us on
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there are new developments in case of the a high school valedictorian facing deportation to a country she left as a 4-year-old. cnn's lisa sylvester is following the story for us. what's the very latest? >> reporter: danielle pilaias is making her first meeting to the d.c. the valedictorian case has made headlines after an immigration judge said she had to leave the country by march 28th, missing her graduation. but now things have turned
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around for her. daniella is value ticket tornado of her north miami high school. instead of getting her diploma, she was on the verge of getting a deportation order. she's in the united states illegally, but a last-minute reprieve will now allow her and her sister diana to stay for the time being. >> very fabulous moves, my attorney was able to get a two-year deferred action and waived our deportation for two more years. >> reporter: why do you want to stay in the united states? >> i've lived here since i was 4 years old. i consider myself american. i just want to live the american dream like everyone else. >> reporter: her hiss rallied by her side. 2500 students and teachers holding a protest last week. members of congress appealed to immigration authorities to give her a chance to stay. >> until we can pass the dreem act. >> she's in washington, d.c.,
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the new face on the fight for the d.r.e.a.m. act. but her own future is far from settled. yes, she can stay for two more years, about what happens after that. she hopes to go on to medical school. >> we need to fix the problem. we need to somehow get a green card for them and for thousands of young people like them that would like to stay here and give back to the community. >> reporter: her case highlights the limbo of kids like her brought to the united states illegally. caught between the birth country they don't know and the united states where they're not allowed to stay. >> i just want to get the message across that kids just like me with grades just as good as mean, with families serving in the military like my brother, et cetera, and, you know, just to show them we're good citizens
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just like anybody else. >> reporter: immigration and customs enforcement in a statement says it exercising prosecutorial discretion on a case by case basis. the agency says it's not focusing the efforts on deporting criminal aliens. the next two years will buy daniellea and her sister a bit more time. their attorney will appeal the ruling and apply for green cards. >> the vice president joe biden just spoke out about this story. listen to what he told juan carlos lopez of cnn action just a few moments ago. >> this is why this is so mindsless. this kid came i'm told when she was 4 years old. why in god's name would you want to take this kid with this talent, this capacity and deport her? it is against or national interest. i think the american people are well beyond where they were 20 years ago.
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>> does she know yet where she's going to go to college? i assume a lot of universities would love to get her. >> she has been accepted to the university of florida, but april 1st is the crill cal day when she's expected to get the her from the colleges as i'm sure many students are waiting to get the acceptance letters. she has applied to a number of ivy league colleges, so we'll see. >> we'll see indeed. you'll stay on top of this story. thank you. a critical visit inside syria. we're going to talk about it with dennis ross, the president's former top adviser on the national security council. stand by. [ male announcer ] this was how my day began.
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second great depression. we are out of iraq, osama bin laden is dead, general motors is selling more cars than anyone else in the world and our economy is getting better. he deserves some credit. yeah, right, remember how inevitable hillary was? never underestimate the penchant for putting on a show during election season. the candidates frontmen want a brokered convention. brian in san diego writing -- nothing is enveloped i want. obama's second tern is certainly becoming more likely, but not inevitable by many means. there are plenty of things twha that could hurt the bid. if the economy hiccupsd aboutly this summer and fall, ointo mania will not be reelected.
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jack, a week in politics can be a lifetime. this election is eight months ago. don't you have anything better to do? actually no, this is kind of it. if you want to read more, go to my blog or through our post on "the situation room's" facebook page. wolf? jack, thank you. you're in "the situation room." happening now the united nations emergency relief chief gets inside the besieged syrian city of homs amid reports of a frantic government scramble to clean up the signs of the. and sarah palin's rare interrue with cnn. why the former nominee won't close the door on a presidential run now or in the future. nothing lasts forever, emotional words from peyton manning, dropped, dropped after more than a decades as the legendary backbone of the independent accomplice colts. we want to welcome or viewers in the united states and around the world. breaking news, political headlines and jeanne moos all
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straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." first to what the obama administration is calling a new low for the humanitarian crisis in syria. for the first time, the top united nations relief chief and aid workers very briefly got into baba amr, one of the country's devastated neighborhoods. the syrian regime is being slammed for denying innocent civilians tons of food and medicine. and nic robertson is joining us from beirut right now, he's monitoring the situation in syria, as you know a key official is now in syria, but is she really getting access to see the reality that's under way?
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>> reporter: she's the first independent international observer that we're aware of who's been able to get into the baba amr neighborhood of homs. the syrian government allowed her to do that today. she went in with the syrian red crescent. we don't have any details as of yet about what she saw, what she was able to do. we certainly know the way the syrian government has presenting this neighborhood that held out for almost four weeks against constant bombardment and shelling, they've been portraying it as an area that people can move back in, they cleaned it up, it can be a terrorist stronghold, so only one can imagine what the government has shown her, chug people walking through the neighborhood, big trucks digging up the rubble, and what the government calls these places where, as they call them, terrorists have been hiding their weapons. but again, we don't know the details so far, wolf.
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>> there are also reports, nic, some syrian residents are beginning to go back to their old neighborhoods. what do we know about this? >> this is what the syrian government is saying on state television. we have no independent chance to go and check this, and if the government won't let journalists go into the country. we know the red cross and red crescent today were allowed to go to some of the residents of baba amr who fled the neighborhood and are still living in terrible humanitarian conditions. the red cross wanting to give them blankets, medical aid, food aid. they say they've been to these neighboring villages where the people of baba amr are still sheltering, but we don't have an independent picture, certainly the activists, the government shut down all their operations there when they swept into that neighborhood a week ago, wolf. >> i think it's fair to say the awful situation continues.
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nic robertson, thanks very much. and joining us to talk about syria, iran and more, the former u.s. miss eve envoy dennis ross, one of the president obama's top advisers at the national security council until recently. he's now at the washington institute for near east policy. for thanks for coming in. there's a huge debail unfolding whether or not the u.s. should use military power. listen to senator john mccain today. he was at the senate armed services committee, and he said this, because he wants a no-fly zone at a minimum. >> can you tell us how long -- how much longer the killing would have to continue, how much additional civilian lives would have to be lost in order to convince you that the military measures of this kind that we are proposing necessary to end the kiln in force to leave power? >> he was questioning leon
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panetta, the defense secretary. is it time for the u.s. to do in syria what it did in libya? >> well, i definitely think it's time for us to think about what additional steps can be taken to put increasing pressure on asaid, and also put assad -- >> this is not something that you could suddenly do simply overnight. you would have to plan it, think through, a the lo of different kinds of challenges. i think also it would not necessarily transform the situation for the better. so i think the real question is what are the additional steps that can be taken to put the pressure on asaid. i do think there are a number. at a minimum, we do have to think much more about humanitarian corridors, about safe areas, i think we do have to think about what could be
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done with regard to lethal assistance, if it's channeled will you jordan and through turkey. i also think it's very important that we work very much i think with the arabs to put more pressure on the russians. bashir assad has created a sense he has an insurance policy, because the russians will block any sort of intervention from the outside. if that insurance policy were to go away, the very balance of forces and psychology in syria might change. there are things that can be done. i think the issue of looking at options that previously hadn't been on the table definitely have to be looked at. >> let's talk about iran, because you were the president's point man in iran until you recently left. how much of a difference is there right now, based on everything you know between what the president wants to do as far as iran's nuclear program is concerned and what the israelis prime minister benjamin netanyahu wants to be done? >> i don't think the gaps are in fact very large. the truth is i think there's a great deal the alignment,
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convergence on objectives, which is to prevent iran from having nuclear weapons. there's a convergence on the means, meaning the preferred way to produce this is through diplomatic means. clearly there's a question of how much time do you give diplomacy to work? i think the israelis also accept even if there's not a lot of time, the israeli themselves came up with the concept of crippling sanctions. they believe with the right kinds of pressures, you may well get them to change their behavior. from the israeli standpoint there's an issue the not allows diplomacy to go so so long that their own able for diplomacy fails. i think from an-mile-an-hour standpoint, at this juncture, we think we have the time and space, but i don't think the president is interested in getting into a diplomatic process that's open-ended with no projects of producing anything. >> realistically how much time is there?
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>> think we definitely have the next few months. the cripple sanctions have to be applied and work. you have negotiations likely to begin within the next month, giving those negotiation a chance to produce something. if they don't, then you also know that you have given diplomacy the chance, the key is always to exhaust all the options available. >> how good is u.s. intelligence, the whole iranian nuclear program? we all know the blunders of the wmds in iraq that led to the iraq war? >> this is not a case of not only the united states being extremely vigilant about this. we are, the israelis are, the british are, the french are. there has been a great deal of attention and focus on this particular program, number one. number two, every time the iranians have engaged in covered programs, we or others have exposed them. the truth is the iranians don't know what we know. we can't be certain we always know what's going on, but the focus, the fact that the inspectors are in there every
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couple weeks gives us a pretty good window what's going on. if they were to suddenly kick out the inspectors, we would obviously be in a position where you have a kind of provocation or trigger that puts us in ha different place. >> our matthew chance is reporting from vienna where the iaea is head quartered with meetings under way, that there's evidence, satellite imagery, if you will, showing that the iranians are cleaning up a sensitive nuclear sight right now in advance of potential allowing u.n. inspectors back in. what design about this? >> not much more than what you reported. it doesn't surprise me. the fact is this is a side iranians have denied access to, it's a site the iaea believes they have conducted weapons-related experiments all, and the fact they're so you can tum and look at this side is another reminder that at this particular juncture the iranians
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are feeling the pressure. that was not their position before, and subtly they're saying we're going to allow access to a site, but clearly it looks like they're trying to clean up that site before they allow the access. there are indications that they are feeling the pressure. that is a reminder there's a potential for diplomacy to work. diplomacy has only had a chance with the iranians, if three feel the pressure is so great. the point is the only way they're going to find a way to reduce it is to change their program. >> ambassador ross, thank you very much for coming in. >> my pleasure. thank you. so is the republican battle for the white house headed straight for the convention? sarah palin says anything is possible, and she says she could be ready to jump into the race if that were to happen. also, the legendary peyton manning, suddenly dropped by his football team. why his emotional farewell is sending shockwaves far beyond the world of sports. parts of it apparently not
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you see. jack cafferty is here with "the cafferty file." jack? >> it was all sitting right there for the taking, but once again mitt romney came up alleges short. it means the republican bloodbath continues much to the light of obama and the democrats. romney scored a victory, albeit a slim one. he won five other states as well, but the losses were far more telling. for starters, the former massachusetts governor has problem in the south. he couldn't top 28%.
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he lost both georgia and tennessee. he also lost oklahoma. as we have seen from the start, romney has serious issues with the base. some will never seen him as a true conservative. they would rather back santorum, who is still fighting the culture wars, fighting about birth control and religion and how jfk's stance on the separation of church and state made him want to rom illustrate. independents are another sore spot for romney. one poll shows his unfavorable rating 16 points higher. cnn's howard kurtz writes in "the daily beast" column that there's something distinctly sun impressive against santorum. kurtz says he projects confidence, but does not inspire. that's a quote. romney is likely the nominee, but it could take a couple months to wrap it up. by the way, there's no way, no way that newt gingrich or rick
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santorum or ron paul will be the next president of the united states, so isn't it past time for them to mailing put their party ahead of themselves and drop out? apparently not. here's the question -- why can't mitt romney seal the deal? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile, post a comment on my blog or go to our post on "the situation room's" facebook page. wolf? >> jack, thanks very much. one day after voters weighed in as part of the tuesday primary and caucuses, and the race is still wide open right now. mitt romney won the most states and the most delegates, but rick santorum showed he still is a strong force. joe johns is in kansas with the santorum campaign. joe, what's the mood there among the people oar talking to with the campaign? >> reporter: well, appears in
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this room in lenexa, kansas, in his view he's got to win in this state and win big, but the main conversation has been about newt gingrich and whether he all to get out of race. people talking about that a bit, but the candidate himself simply trying not to go there. the strong super tuesday for rick santorum, winning three states, plus coming within within a point of winning the ohio primary means he's still in the game. >> we have won in the midwest, the west, and the south and we're ready to win across this country. >> though the picture might be clearer if he didn't have to share part of the conservative vote. exit polls show he got -- and gingrich got 15%. >> i'm not saying -- if he wants to get out, i'm all for him getting out. i'm for everybody getting out.
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i wish president obama would just hand me the thing. >> reporter: it touch off a battle of surrogates and supporters. the red white and blue fund was blunt about it, issuing a statement, saying it is time for newt gingrich to exit the republican nominating process. former candidate herman cain now out of the race and a newt gingrich supporter tweeted that only one third of the delegates have been allocated. it's too early to call on a candidate to get out. ironic, perhaps, because gingrich himself once actually called on santorum to get out of the race, but on the radio post-super tuesday, he all but dismissed the idea of surrendering the stage. >> i congratulate rick on what he's done so far, but santorum lost his senate seat by the largest margin in the history of pennsylvania. if i thought he was a slam dunk to beat romney and obama, i would really consider getting out. i don't. >> gingrich's daughter jackie
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told me in an bur views his father's campaign still sees fiscal conservatives turning again -- >> he's again the right to work, he -- and he'll say that's because i'm from pennsylvania, that's what i have to do. in the last debate, he actually said, gosh, i want to vote that way, but didn't want to vote that way? this is not the person you want to go and stand up against the washington establishment. >> reporter: we're in kansas right now, but it's not just about kansas. over the next several days san storm is expected to do some jumping around, including alabama. clearly, wolf, he's not giving up and not slowing down. back to you. >> joe, thank you. who's the richest person in the world right now? "forbes" is out with its annual list of billionaires. we'll tell you who tops the list. also is major safety recall for a popular suv. we have details. stay with us.
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lisa sylvester is monitoring other top stories, including a deadly blast in afghanistan. lisa, what's going on? >> that's right, wolf. six uk soldiers are missing and presumed dead after an explosion in southwest afghanistan. the british military says they were traveling in an armored vehicle that hid a landmine. if the deaths are confirmed, it would be the most british troops killed in a single day since 2009. american airlines is backtracking. the pensions would have been dumped on a federal area ago part of a bankruptcy organization. the plan now is to freeze pensions, means employees would not accumulate any additional
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benefits. it's seen as a win for the unions. if you drive a jeep and live in a coal state, be careful. chrysler is recalling liberties, because road salt could cause parts of the rear suspension to corod and break. chrysler says it had starred notifies owners that are affected next month. the u.s. has more billionaires than any other country, according to "forbes" new list of the world's richest people. no surprises, at the top of the list at number three ceo warren buffett. microsoft founder bill gates comes in second. and retaining his spot for the third year in a row, mexican telecommunications mogul, carlos slim helu. the wife of steve jobs is the 100th after inheriting her husband's money. >> i always like to look at that
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presidential nominee sarah palin is making some political waves of her own, revealing in a rare interview with cnn she isn't -- isn't ruling out a presidential run, whether it's down the road or possibly even sooner. >> reporter: sarah palin for president 2016, is it possible? >> anything in this life, in this world is possible. anything is possible for an american. and, you know, i don't discount any idea or plan that at this point isn't in my control. anything is possible. >> reporter: would you seriously consider a run? >> i would seriously consider whatever i can do to help our country to put things back on the right track, our economy, the foreign policy proposals we have to see put forward in order to secure our homeland and our brave fighting men and women overseas in places that perhaps we shouldn't be right now, anything i can do to help. >> reporter: if we wind up with
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an open convention and someone wants to threw your name into the hat, would you stop them? would you be open to that? >> as i say, anything is possible. i don't close any doors that perhaps would be open out there. i wouldn't close that door and, um, my plan is to be at that convention. >> sarah palin speaking with our own reporter in wasilla, alaska. she voted, by the way for newt gingrich. let's talk about that and more with our chief political correspondent candy crowley. the talk of a brokered convention in tampa at the end of august, a nist candidate po potentially getting in. >> i can tell you to the current candidates, the answer to that is no. you remember there was a huckabee forum not too long ago attended by everyone except for ron paul. at that forum, i do know the three folks there -- santorum,
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gingrich and romney -- talked about this whole like, just a general conversation, what do you think about this idea of a brokered convention? i am told by a source that in fact they auld agreed that the idea that someone would come from out of nowhere in the convention, not having run up to that point, and become the nominee is impractical, and largely impossible, because it would only give them ten weeks to put a campaign up and run against the president in november. i can tell you three of the major candidates don't think it's likely that someone will come out of nowhere and become the nominee of a brothered convex. >> our own anderson cooper just taped an interview with john mccain. listen to this exchange and we'll discuss. >> your former running mate governor palin was on cnn last night saying she would leave the door open to her name being placed into nomination if there was a contested convention.
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what is your reaction to that? >> i'm glad to see that sarah is still willing to get in the arena. i greatly admire and respect her. so, sarah, you know, i view with great interest your comment last night, but i also think that, you know, that this thing is going to be resolved hopefully sooner for mitt romney than later. >> john mccain a romney supporter. you've been talking to the romney campaign. they're convinced he'll be the nominee no matter how long this goes on. >> they are indeed. they say we've done the math. it's all but impossible, our at least a herculean effort with all the others with what's going on ahead to overflashily they say what romney has said flatly, i'm going to be the nominee. he said that last night in his speech up in boston. his folks are saying that now. it may be a long, drawn-out
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thing, but they believe mathematically it's not possible. santorum's campaign is spinning this, and obviously it's in the best interests totes the word out that these guys can't win, let's come on home, let's get together, because we have bigger fish to fry in november. the question is how does that happen? basically the feeling inside the romney campaign is that you will see more people like george pataki, former governor of new york who came out apparently and said, look, mitt romney is my guy, it's time for us to come together. they think you will see more in the days ahead. maybe not today or tomorrow, but that kind of thing is coming, possibly some defection shuns of big names, but they honestly say they believe this is mitt romney's nomination, but i will point out again the santorum people are pushing back very hard saying its not impossible mathematically. i will say the romney campaign
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doesn't say it's impossible, they say, look, there are no super tuesdays left, no big caches of delegates that folks can pick up. they would prefer sooner, of course. >> but looking ahead, kansas this saturday, mississippi, alabama next tuesday, potentially not necessarily good days for romney. >> no, and i think then you'll hear them talk a lot about the delegate count. and we're going to place strong seconds, we will pick up tell gas, and this is how it will unfold. they acknowledge there will be places not good for them. they also note there will be places like new jersey that are not -- maryland that won't be good for santorum or newt gingrich. they say there will be nights when romney doesn't win the state, they still believe he will be picking up delegates along the way, and this is a
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matter of mathematics. >> candy, thanks very much. with a new dose of momentummomentum after last night, he's relying on one of his most valuable assets to do it. we're talking about his wife ann. let's bring in mary snow. she's got this part of the story. >> wolf, there's already a battle under way, and ann romney was front and center with a clear message to women. >> i have something to say about some of e women that i'm hearing from. >> reporter: it was a telling sign. ann romney was on stage to introduce her husband. she led with a message targeted to women. >> women care about the economy, they care about their children, and they care about the debt, and they're angry and furious about the entitlement debt that we're leaving our children. >> reporter: thanz lace, change the conversation back to the
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economy. >> she has a very appealing presence. i think she's an asset to governor romney on the campaign trail, but i think that it really says that the front-runner for the republican nomination certainly knows he has some fences to mend. >> but with linda hennen berger from "the washington post," says the candidate should be making his own case. it all comes in the wake of the flap, just the latest in a string of moments some say missteps, where republicans have faced questions over their position on contraception coverage. >> where are the women? >> democrats are pushing the notion of a gop war on women, but karen agnes, a conservative blogger says that's wrong. it says the real issue is religious liberty. while she admits republicans may need to hone their message, they think it's smart to put ann
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romney front and center. >> a few months ago, there was an sure of the need to create a more human mitt romney. she came out and gave some speeches, and had some sections with that. the past few weeks we've dried to see her get involved in what the main issue of the campaign. >> in last night's key race, he did get help from women who favored him over rick santorum, but observers say he has his work cut out for him since the flap of the birth control issue has energized women on the democratic side a. the inside story on what happened between peyton manning and the indianapolis colts and all the details on today's really emotional press conference. >> it has been an honor to play. i do love it here. i love the fans, and i will always enjoy having played for such a great team. all energy development comes with some risk,
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in a very emotional news conference today, the indianapolis colts star quarterback peyton manning parted their ways. he appeared with jim irsay. both were definitely on the verge of tears at various times. brian todd is following this story for us. it's become an all too family story, the superstar athlete having to move on to another team at the very end of his career. obviously the nfl is a business, but there seemed to be real feelings here. tell us what's going on. >> very strong emotions today, wolf, because peyton manning's fortens and those of the colts were so closely bound. he almost single handedly turned that franchise around. in the process peyton manning became an icon well beyond the city limits of indianapolis. he's the only guy to win the nfl's most valuable player award four times.
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he lifted a laughingstock team out of the cellar, kept them relevant for more than a decade. but it's his transcendence of football that makes him a global brand. he's an tieser's dream. >> it's on like donkey kong. >> i throw, you catch. it's not that hard. >> reporter: it all combines to make he dramatic release more than a sports story. >> i do love it here. i love the fans, and will always enjoy having played for such a great team. i will leave the colts with nothing but good thoughts and gratitude to jim, the organization, my teammates, the media, and especially the fans. >> sort of playing the normal middle america straight middle of the road guy who happens to
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be a great football player has served him well and really resonates with the public. >> reporter: his departure drew an immediate raw outpouring in indianapolis. >> i'm very depressed. i wanted him to finish his career with us. we love him. >> it's a sad day, because he's meant so much to the city and to the colts. >> reporter: manning says he hasn't thought about where he'll play next, but everyone else has. >> is peyton manning coming here, a, and b, do you want him to come here? >> at espn 980 talk radio, it's peyton saturation. >> do i have a four-time mvp? i want him and everybody should want him. >> reporter: the redskins are one of the teams rumored to be in the sweeps stakes but it's his serious neck injury and multiple surgeries which add to the media blitz and intrigue. it's not known if he's completely healthy. another risk, legacy damage.
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from brett favre to troy aikman to willie mays, the landscape is littered with those -- >> they have this exceptional skill. it's very hard to tell them not to lick the bottom of the glass and not play for as long as they possibly can. >> with all the national buzz, the emotion over peyton manning's moved this is a cold, calculated business transaction for both sides. the colts would have had to pay manning a $28 million bonus he was due tomorrow if he stayed on the colts' roster. given questions about his health, it was too risky to main that kind of one-time investment, wolf. >> and playing into the business of this is the colts' draft pick, isn't it, brian? >> reporter: that's right. they own the first draft pick and will most certainly use it on andrew luck. maybe if they were sitting at number 10 or 11, peyton manning might still be a member of the colts.
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>> i hate it when they great, great players have to end their careers with the teams like this. it's just not a nice thing to see. >> me too. the space shuttle "endeavour" is headed for a museums in los angeles, but first a rare look inside. what do you get when you cross a businesswok with a cupcake craving in the middle of the night? jeanne moos will give us the answer. hey dad. see how the carrots i grow make that new stouffer's steam meal so tasty. actually, the milk from my farm makes it so creamy, right dad. ah, but my carrots have that crunch. it's my milk in the rich sauce coating the chicken and the pasta.
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the final space shuttle mission was completed last summer, but there's still work being done on the shuttles. john zarrella is joins us. you've been checking on "endeavour," which will soon be on display in a mu seemed in los angeles. you got a rare look inside. tell us all about it. >> reporter: we sure did. "endeavour" flew 25 flights, 122 million miles, now nasa is getting "endeavour" ready for life after space, and we got an up-close look. encased in steel scaffolding you can't see much. a bit of the nose, of course the underbelly with all those thousands of heat-shielding tiles. the engines are gone, but you
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know what they say, it's what's on the inside that counts. that's where we went for a rare look. it's bigger than a bread box, but not much. >> not much. >> reporter: on launch days travis thompson was the closeout crew lead. he got 100 shuttle crews in and ready to flyisms this is their living quarters. we're in the mid deck now, flight duck is above us. the mid deck is where they eat, sleep, potty. >> you could have five, six, seven people down here -- >> and there's not as much equipment in here. there would be lockers out to here about 18 inches. >> reporter: to sleep the senate would literally hang in sleeping bags against the wall. if you think this is a tight squeeze. this is the air lock that leads to the cargo bay. imagine the astronauts in their full space suits, suited up, ready to exit outbay. it's absolutely massive.
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and it's all controlled from up here. the flight deck. >> i'm sitting over here in the commander's seat. and on of course the final flight. this is where mark kelly sat on liftoff and when he brought her in for that final landing. >> there's still months of work before endeavor is ready to be shipped to its permanent museum. the california science center in los angeles. >> the thing that we've been trying to focus on is how fortunate we are to continue to work with these vehicles until the very end. there's a lot of our co-workers and friends that didn't get that opportunity. there's a small group of us that have been very fortunate to be a part of this. we're shuttle huggers. we're holding on to the very end. >> the end should come by the fall. all three vehicles, endeavor, atlantis and discovery, will be gone by then. >> you know, what's interesting is that that mid deck area is really not much bigger than some people's walk-in closets. and wolf, discovery is going to be the very first vehicle to leave here.
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april 17th on the back of a 747, it's going to take off from the shuttle landing strip, fly up the east coast to the united states. and you know where it's going to land. at dulles. at 10:30 in the morning. so that it will be on display the first one on permanent display at the smithsonian. understand it's going to be one fabulous fly around up there in washington. you're going to be able to see it up close pretty much like i did today. wolf? >> i'm looking forward to it. washington dulles airport in northern virginia. we'll be there, john. thanks very, very much. brings back a lot of memories, especially for you but even for me. thank you. brings back a lot of memories for jack cafferty as well. he'll standing right by now to join us. >> that's fascinating. what great stuff! the question this hour is why can't mitt romney seal the deal? he did okay yesterday. but he could have done a lot better. ken in seattle writes "in large part because he represents the upper most portion of the top
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1%. and seems incapable of understanding or empathizing with the other 99%. assuming of course he actually cares about the 99% and there's little indication of that. in addition he's the least genuine candidate for president that we've seen in decades. he doesn't seem to stand for anything other than wanting to hang out in the oval office." pete writes "mitt romney is the republican version of al gore. only less intelligent, less charismatic, less credible and far less honest. enough voters are gull bell enough to put him in the race but not nearly enough to put him in the white house." peg in new york writes "conservatives are block his way. they seriously need to step aside". susan in ohio "it's all about three words, religion, religion, religion. his." romney's problems writes t with republicans is "he's not draconian. he knows what's best for the country. it takes compromise. all the rest of the candidates favor the nuclear option." liz on facebook "it's elitist
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attitude. he has no concern for anyone who's not a millionaire. you can't pretend to like the average citizen. people can see right through him." linda in kentucky writes "haven't you ever had a multiple choice in front of you where none of the choices make any sense so you close your eyes and pick one?" if you want to see more go to cnn.com/cafferty or on my facebook page. love that shuttle stuff, wolf. >> thanks very much. it looks like an atm but instead of money this machine is dispensing something that's a lot sweeter. jeanne moos is next. i think about the future every morning when i wake up.
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a cupcake craving in the middle of the night used to mean you had to wait until the next day. but guess what, not anymore. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: it may look like an atm, but when's the last time you saw someone this tick eld at a cash machine? who needs cash when all you need is a credit card at the cupcake atm? each one comes in a box. >> i'm so excited. it smells good just standing here! that's because it's located at sprinkles cupcake bakery in beverly hills. sprinkles is so famous for its mouth-watering cupcakes that they were paired with champagne in the series "entourage." >> crystal and sprinkle's cupcakes your favorite. >> reporter: you you can get them out of a machine. >> this is awesome. 24 hours you can have a cupcake. >> reporter: just choose your favorite. say red velvet or dark chocolate. >> we are actually stocking it
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continuously throughout the day with fresh cupcakes day and night. >> reporter: the owner of sprinkles, candice nelson, happens to be a judge on the food network show "cupcake wars." she dreamed up the idea of cupcake atm after having late-night cupcake cravings while pregnant. it's definitely a novelty. >> i'm videotaping you with my camera. >> reporter: they hope to eventually open cupcake atms at all ten sprinkles nation-wide in places like new york and washington. now, it's one thing for say a coke to plop out of a vending machine. but a cupcake. it needs tender loving care. the screen gives you a view as your cupcake is retrieved by a robot arm with a suction thingy. the excitement was almost too much for this first timer. >> oh, my god, is this real? >> reporter: she was less excited about paying 4 bucks. >> $4? >> reporter: but look how the hungry hordes line up to buy them. they're 50 cents cheaper inside,
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though you probably have to wait. and what if the store isn't open? you'd be surprised at some of the weird things that have come out of vending machines. from lady's nylons back in the 50s to meats, steaks and chops, and even live bait? but night crawlers can't compare to sprinkles. you can even get dog-friendly versions. >> do you want your own cupcake? >> reporter: so next time you're at a cash machine with your hand out waiting for those crisp 20s, imagine a nice soft cupcake that you could withdraw and deposit in your mouth! jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> very, very tasty and delicious. that's it for me. thanks very much for joining us. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." the news continues next on cnn. good evening. i'm john king. tonight supertuesday leaves mitt romney with a

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